In the Silver Age of comics, DC Comics in general, and the Superman titles in particular, had a strange obsession with bizarre physical transformations. Dysmorphism was the order of the day, as covers showed our favorite heroes transformed into aliens, cavemen, babies, ant-heads, and giant-brained future men. When new ideas were hard to come by, the writers could always just turn their star fat. I can’t imagine that a cover depicting a grotesquely obese Superboy flying an equally distorted Lana Lang around in a phone booth with her enormous ass sticking out could have sold that well, but there were enough similar stories to prove that someone was buying them.Obesity was treated with the same compassion and sensitivity a were womens issues in '60's DC comics, which is to say, badly.
So as you can imagine, "The Fattest Girl In Metropolis" from Lois Lane #5 is a double barrel blast of cruel gags at the expense of both women and the morbidly obese. As usual, Lois has gotten herself into a situation that only a traumatic physical mutation and a series of escalating public humiliations engineered without her knowledge or consent can solve:
“The Fattest Girl in Metropolis” begins as Lois is interviewing yet another in the endless parade of Crackpot scientists that showed up in comics so often back then. He’s touting an experimental growth ray, and naturally, immediately turns it on Lois , indiscriminately flooding the room with dangerous radiation:
Poor Lois tries to get in shape, but the arrival of a poorly-timed gift box of chocolates shakes her resolve:
Finally, the jig is up, as Lois’ secret shame is revealed to Superman in the most humiliating way imaginable:
You get your eat on, girl. That internet guy was right, Superman is a dick. This story hasn’t aged too well, actually, as fat Lois now looks like an average American. Once again, comics point the way to the future, and the future looks puffy and winded.
Next: Haul your lard ass back to the keyboard as we continue our look at DC’s silver age fatties with “The Fat Boy of Metropolis”!